Newly, I developed my recipe for Laila’s meals. I’ve never served her canned dog food because I need her to stay strong and I suspect the demands of healthy components in most store-bought canned food. Homemade dog food is simple to make and I make a big bowl complete, keep one box of it in the fridge, and put the remainder in the freezer. Usually, I make the food up formerly a month.
I managed to add rice to her food but since I learned about arsenic in rice, I’ve moved on to oats, barley, lentils and, seldom, beans. Understand that link about rice, it’s impressive and fundamentally it suggests you soak rice for 24 hours earlier to cooking, wash the rice after soaking and cook it in clean water. That decreases the level of arsenic quite a little. Nevertheless, as Laila is such a small dog, and this is the food she consumes most of the time (with a few days of chicken necks, tuna, and sardines by the way), I believed it best to separate it from her food and find something more.
I’m happy I picked rolled oats. It’s a very strong replacement, contains protein, fiber, B vitamins, zinc, and iron. And it smells incredible when it’s making, just like a casserole.
In a large 3 liters/quart bowl I start off with meat, usually 1½ kg beef. Cooked dog food should forever contain a high balance of meat/chicken/fish. I add 1½ cups oats or barley or lentils and seldom a handful of beans. Then 2 cups chopped up vegetables, these are the similar vegetables we eat – carrots, cabbage, sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin or whatever is in the fridge. Please understand this link about foods dogs should nevermore eat. Add one tablespoon of Vegemite and fill the bowl with water. Cook on high till it boils, then turn it down to simmer for one hour. Cool it thoroughly, add one container to the fridge for eating in the coming days and put the remainder in boxes and freeze. Laila eats about a cup complete every day and what’s in the containers keeps her going for a month. She also has some of Black Hawk biscuits in the day and she looks the floor for any dropped food.
I’ve not worked out the value of this food but the beef costs about $13 and the rest about $5 – $8, let’s say $20. It remains for about 30 days so it’s about 70 cents a day. Of course, it would require much more to feed a large dog. I just checked my neighborhood Woolworths prices and cans of dog food range from 29 cents per 100 grams to $1.73 per 100 grams. I hesitate to think about what’s in those more inferior brands.
Not everyone has the time to prepare food for their dogs but if you purchase pet food from the supermarket, in light of current knowledge about dogs dying after eating certain brands of food, it’s smart to make sure you’re purchasing the good material.